In Search of the Castaways
|✒ Author||Jules Verne|
|⏰ Reading time||26 hours 30 minutes|
|💡 Originally published||1867|
|🌏 Original language||French|
|📌 Genres||Children's literature, Adventure, Realism|
|📌 Sections||Adventure novel , Realistic novel|
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I. South America
CHAPTER I. THE SHARK
ON the 26th of July, 1864, a magnificent yacht was steaming along the North Channel at full speed, with a b breeze blowing from the N. E. The Union Jack was flying at the mizzenmast, and a blue standard bearing the initials E. G., embroidered in gold, and surmounted by a ducal coronet, floated from the topgallant head of the mainmast. The name of the yacht was the DUNCAN, and the owner was Lord Glenarvan, one of the sixteen Scotch peers who sit in the Upper House, and the most distinguished member of the Royal Thames Yacht Club, so famous throughout the United Kingdom.
Lord Edward Glenarvan was on board with his young wife, Lady Helena, and one of his cousins, Major McNabbs.
The DUNCAN was newly built, and had been making a trial trip a few miles outside the Firth of Clyde. She was returning to Glasgow, and the Isle of Arran already loomed in the distance, when the sailor on watch caught sight of an enormous fish sporting in the wake of the ship. Lord Edward, who was immediately apprised of the fact, came up on the poop a few minutes after with his cousin, and asked John Mangles, the captain, what sort of an animal he thought it was.
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